7 feet 10 inches.
Case of superb burr walnut veneers onto an oak carcass, with caddy top and three brass ball finials, pierced walnut sound fret, above brass-capped Doric columns, convex throat mouldings, rectangular trunk door numbered 291 and 9 on the leading edge, cyma mouldings to the cross- banded plinth raised on walnut skirting.
11 inch gilt-brass dial signed Tho: Tompion Londini Fecit below the silvered chapter ring, blued-steel hands, matted centre with seconds ring and date aperture, shuttered winding holes, shutter lever to left edge of dial, double-screwed Indian-mask-and-scroll spandrels, latched dial feet.
6 by 8⅛ inch plates with five six latched baluster pillars, going train with anchor escapement, bolt-and-shutter maintaining power, large external count-wheel on the back plate, punch-numbered 291 at the base.
The Earls of Kenmare, Kenmare House, later renamed Killarney House Co. Kerry, Ireland, Private collection Ireland, thence by descent.
Evans, Carter & Wright, Thomas Tompion 300 years, 2013, p.470-1.
The Kenmare Tompion, No. 291 circa 1697
A superb type 3 burr walnut month-going long case clock.
No. 291 is one of a very small number of Tompion’s 11 inch dial month-going burr walnut clocks that survive with their cases complete and entirely intact.